The Matchup

The Matchup

by Laura L. Walker


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ISBN-13: 9781462117529
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Matchup 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AlexisTanner More than 1 year ago
The Matchup takes a recently divorced LDS mom of two (Valerie) and a less active LDS guy (Gage) who know each other from their childhood and puts them together. It's a cute story and I love that it expresses real concerns that people who are divorced or less active can often feel. Valerie also has a son who is autistic which also brings a different perspective into the story. I know a few people who have autistic children and I appreciated the point of view that it showed to be a mother of an autistic child and how it affects their lives. This book was a quick read and I loved how the story of Valerie and Gage worked out. It wasn't overly cheesy and I thought it was well written.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
This is a companion novel to Pierced by Love but can stand alone. I enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous book make a few appearances. Both Valerie and Gage have had a rough time of life and a chance meeting could put everything back on track--if Valerie can get over how horribly Gage treated her as a teenager and Gage can resolve his reservations about religion. I love the message of faith, redemption, forgiveness, and love that is hidden within these pages. Sometimes, topics can be heavy--autism, divorce, inactivity in religion, trust issues, etc, but Ms. Walker tells the story in a way that comes across as hopeful and not depressing. The characters go through a lot of growth throughout their journeys and the result is causing the reader to feel some emotional attachment to them and to cheer them on. I appreciated that some of these harder situations were tackled and done in a very tasteful and encouraging way. I'm learning, as I go through my own life journey, that until you're actually experiencing a situation, it's really hard to feel true compassion and to steer away from judging. I loved that the people these characters encountered are real in their reactions and are also learning, therefore, they are not perfect. Content: mild romance (nothing more than kissing and implied previous relationships); no violence or language; a lot of (heavy) religious references, specific to the LDS church. Clean! *I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Ashley Allen More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute love story. I felt like I caught on pretty early in the book that the two main characters would fall in love, but then stuff started happening and my heart was being torn, twisted and pulled in so many different directions! I connected with this book on so many different levels. I found myself almost crying quite a few times because I felt the Spirit so strongly while reading this. The characters are cute together, and every time I felt like things worked out for them, I saw that I still had many more pages to read. My heart kept wondering, "What else could happen now? Everything is perfect!" And then, just like that, your heart would twist and all the feels would come back. It is SUCH a cute story.
Mandy More than 1 year ago
Looking at the front cover of The Matchup, by Laura L. Walker, I was expecting a simple and cheesy love story without a lot of depth. Well, to my delight and satisfaction, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. This book portrays the pain, low self-confidence, loneliness, sometimes recklessness, and lack of hope that can stem from poor choices, divorces, family disputes, and even raising an autistic child. Two very different people, Gage Logan and Valerie Hall, who did not get along as youth, come together again by chance (or was it?) one night in a store. Their paths continue to cross, and they come to see how they can help each other in all the ways they really need it – spiritually, socially, emotionally, temporally… The connection they form, and the relationship their kids make with each other, bring them closer and closer together. But, will he change his life and come back to church, and will she overcome her fears and insecurities about her children? This is written as an LDS love story, so it is most suited to LDS adults, or adults who are really familiar with LDS beliefs and practices. Because it is an LDS romance, there is much more at stake with the couple, and also many opportunities to feel the Spirit as gospel truths are reiterated beautifully. I got chills multiple times while reading this book. It is a pretty easy read, and doesn’t include a lot of description, but oh, is it profound as it enters the minds and hearts of the characters! It pierced my heart over and over. The first time I got chills was during Valerie’s and Gage’s second encounter when she is really distraught over an outburst her son, Justin, had just had: …Pushing himself off against the post, he came closer and crouched down in front of her. “Is there anything I can do to help?” he asked softly. She shook her head, keeping her gaze down. Something about the way she rubbed Justin’s back while simultaneously cradling his head in her arms touched a place in Gage’s heart that had long been dead. “Valerie,” he said softly. She lifted her eyes to him. Gage’s heart constricted at the sorrow he found there. Who would have imagined when they were young that they’d both be single parents? He’d always teased her so that he could see a flare of indignation light her gaze. That fire had apparently been extinguished a long time ago. He’d have to see if he could reignite it. Chills came to me at least three other times, and that does not often happen to me while reading a book. I felt that the story was so authentic, that these events could really happen in individuals’ lives. I myself have endured divorce, single parenting, and dating again after divorce. I could relate to Valerie some, though not completely. The inner struggles both Valerie and Gage, and even some of their family members, go through, are definitely on point. The main message of the book is, the Lord loves each and every one of us. We have trials that help us grow and develop if we keep our faith in Jesus Christ. Hope is never lost, and everyone can change. We can be happy again after difficult times. We can forgive, move forward, and find joy again by keeping the commandments and praying for guidance. I loved the gospel message found throughout The Matchup, and recommend it as an uplifting romance and message of love.